Category Archives: Napoleonic

Salute 2018 – Horse & Musket to Colonial

One of the outstanding gaming tables at Salute 2018 was built by Bill Gaskin & Friends – another highlight following 2016’s Battle of Wilhelmstadt. ‘Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation’ was set in 1761 and portrayed a fictional Spanish incursion into Florida.

Wooden ships in an estuary in tropical climate
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends
Soldiers lining up after having landed in row boats
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends
Units of soldiers marching inland under their banners from the river bank
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends
A cart and wagon outside a colonial house
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends
Red coated soldiers and irregulars marching through fields
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends
View from behind a watchtower over open woodland with scattered troops
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends

Some more atmospheric close up shots (no pun intended) by undeadhighelf.

Soldiers in blue uniforms shooting at soldiers in red behind a fence
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends
Three cannons belching smoke
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends

The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists sent Garibaldi’s Redshirts to rescue a beautifully constructed convent in the year 1860.

Convent with courtyard and church tower overlooking a village
The Biscotti War by The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists
Troops in mostly red uniform jackets advancing towards small buildings
The Biscotti War by The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists
View into the convent's courtyard garden from above
The Biscotti War by The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists
A rustic house with red roof tiles
The Biscotti War by The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists

Dalauppror presented the Battle of Stäket, which took place on 13th August 1719 during the Great Northern War and pitched Russians versus Swedes. The scenario was played out using The Pikeman’s Lament set of rules.

Costal landscape with wooden ships on shore
Battle of Stäket by Dalauppror
A small settlement and tents set up along the shore
Battle of Stäket by Dalauppror
Troops amongst blazing buildings and firing from prepared positions on either side of a river
Battle of Stäket by Dalauppror

The hypothetical ‘Battle of Freeman’s Farm’ during the American War of Independence in 1777 was staged by the Essex Warriors.

Column of troops with a cannon passing by a farmhouse
Battle of Freeman’s Farm by Essex Warriors
Lines of troops advancing over green fields
Battle of Freeman’s Farm by Essex Warriors

Further games within the wider era ranged from Napoleonic to British colonials in India.

Units of soldiers on hex terrain surrounding a small town
Battle of Aspern-Essling 1809 by The Old Guard
Massed units of troops marching towards a house
Battle of Aspern-Essling 1809 by The Old Guard
An army storming over a hill
A Napoleonic battle fought using General d’Armee rules
City walls in arid terrain manned by soldiers
Indian Mutiny Escape by The Sons of Simon de Montford

Salute 2016 – English Civil War to Mexican Revolution

The most strikingly colourful wargaming tables at Salute usually feature battles from the 16th to 19th centuries, with their massed ranks of brightly uniformed infantry waving massive banners. The hobbyists dedicated to those periods also seem to have a particularly obsessive dedication to their craft and come up with the most beautiful terrain and characterful diorama pieces as part of the raging battles which are a joy to discover.

In terms of categorising all of these I’m always struggling so this time I’m bundling everything from the First English Civil War through Napoleonic and Victorian up to the Mexican Revolution into a single post. My apologies if this upsets your historical sensibilities.

First up is the Bloody Siege of Bristol in 1643 during the First English Civil War by the Crewe & Nantwich Wargames Club.

View of a wargaming table with city walls on the left and an army advancing through the countryside from the right
The Bloody Siege of Bristol by Crewe & Nantwich Wargames Club
Close up of a commander on horse next to a baggage cart
The Bloody Siege of Bristol by Crewe & Nantwich Wargames Club
Earthen ramparts with cannon and regiments of pikemen in front
The Bloody Siege of Bristol by Crewe & Nantwich Wargames Club
A fortified city harbour with a ship at anchor
The Bloody Siege of Bristol by Crewe & Nantwich Wargames Club

Oshiro Model Terrain delighted us this year with the Adventures of Paul Drake, an 18th century smuggler trying to get his way against redcoats and revenue men.

View over a wargaming table with scattered buildings, hedgerows and pockets of civilians going about their business
The Adventures of Paul Drake by Oshiro Model Terrain
A harbour with houses and a small ship with troops on board
The Adventures of Paul Drake by Oshiro Model Terrain
A market square with groups of figures
The Adventures of Paul Drake by Oshiro Model Terrain

Bill Gaskin and friends staged the Battle of Wilhelmstadt during the Seven Years War on a stunning table stretching from open countryside to the city itself.

Troops on a battlefield with hedges and trees and a city in the background
The Battle of Wilhelmstadt by Bill Gaskin and friends
Several regiments of infantry with muskets lined up in battle against each other
The Battle of Wilhelmstadt by Bill Gaskin and friends
A column of troops marching through an 18th century city towards the battle raging outside
The Battle of Wilhelmstadt by Bill Gaskin and friends

Victrix used their 54mm Napoleonic range in a participation scenario entitled Spain 1800.

Napoleonic troops on a battlefield with a small river and countryside buildings
Spain 1800 by Victrix

Ian Smith and friends brought the 40mm scale Battle of Adrados based on the novel Sharpe’s Enemy.

Ranks of Napoleonic infantry advancing towards a fortress on a rocky hill
The Battle of Adrados by Ian Smith and friends
View of a mountain fortress through buildings of a small town
The Battle of Adrados by Ian Smith and friends

The Sons of Simon de Montfort created a table for The North West Frontier to play out a tale of high adventure involving mounted tribesmen, a steam train and a prince.

A railroad line and small station in a rocky landscape with scattered infantry and cavalry units
The North West Frontier by Sons of Simon de Montfort
Tribal infantry with colourful banners on foot and horseback charging over a ridge
The North West Frontier by Sons of Simon de Montfort

Wargames Foundry had set up a table for the Congo during colonial times.

A small wargames table with a river and steamboat in front and a jungle scene with waterfall and small huts
The Congo by Wargames Foundry

The Mexican Revolution in 20mm scale was the theme of this table. It wasn’t included in the show guide unfortunately, but according to knowledgeable sources it’s a participation game by GDWS which will also feature at Claymore.

An adobe building and compound with irregular troops and two lorries
The Mexican Revolution
A column of uniformed troops advancing along a train line through a desert with cacti
The Mexican Revolution

Salute 2015 – Horse & Musket

Best of Show at Salute 2015 deservedly went to Ron Ringrose and the Essex Gamsters for “Fort George”, based on a Bernard Cornwell novel set during the American War of Independence. The custom built terrain including ships and the level of detail in all the miniatures made this the stand out spectacle of the show.

Gaming table for The Fort at Salute 2015

View through the rigging of a ship

Floats docking onto a cargo boat

Column of troops marching past a trade post

Ships in full sail around Fort George

Tin Soldiers of Antwerp brought another lovingly created table this year depicting the Napoleonic “Battle of Charleroi”.

Fighting across a bridge before a scenic backdrop

Attackers viewpoint across the bridge

Blockbuster Wargames staged “The Battle of Lützen” in 1632 along a massive frontline.

Regiments fighting under windmills

Armies facing off

“Napoleon: The Last Gamble” was presented by Loughton Strike Force using the General de Brigade set of rules.

Cannons firing at advancing infantry

“Lake of Death – The Battle of Aruara” during the South American Wars of Independence was created by the South London Warlords.

Armies fighting over broken ground next to a lake

Black Powder rules were in play for “The Battle of Guilford Courthouse” during the American War of Independence by Newark Irregulars.

Troops advancing over fields and through woods

Salute 2014 – Horse & Musket

Battle displays from the 18th and 19th centuries always make for a visual spectacle with plenty of colourful uniforms, banners, cannon and cavalry. Salute 2014 had its fair share of these as would be expected.

The South London Warlords’ own Battle of Barbastro during the 1st Carlist War was arguably the most imposing and also had plenty of nice little touches.

Salute 2014 - Battle of Barbastro 1837 by South London Warlords

Salute 2014 - Battle of Barbastro 1837 by South London Warlords

Salute 2014 - Battle of Barbastro 1837 by South London Warlords

Salute 2014 - Battle of Barbastro 1837 by South London Warlords

Salute 2014 - Battle of Barbastro 1837 by South London Warlords

Wargames Illustrated recreated the Battle of Arklow from the Irish Rebellion with an imposing array of forces and scenery to match.

Salute 2014 - Battle of Arklow 1798 by Wargames Illustrated

Salute 2014 - Battle of Arklow 1798 by Wargames Illustrated

Salute 2014 - Battle of Arklow 1798 by Wargames Illustrated

Salute 2014 - Battle of Arklow 1798 by Wargames Illustrated

Salute 2014 - Battle of Arklow 1798 by Wargames Illustrated

Napoleon’s Battles were the background for a sweeping battlefield in 18mm scale by Capitan Games.

Salute 2014 - Napoleon's Battles by Capitan Games

Salute 2014 - Napoleon's Battles by Capitan Games

The Golden Age of Piracy provided the setting for skirmishes by Spirit of the Game using their own set of rules and pitching redcoats against bands of pirates in a Caribbean port in 40mm scale.

Salute 2014 - Scurvy Scum by Spirit of the Game

Salute 2014 - Scurvy Scum by Spirit of the Game